Ballina Bears batsmen Justin Moore.
Ballina Bears batsmen Justin Moore. Mitchell Craig

Coastal erosion at NSW Country Cricket Championships

NORTH Coast will need to regroup after a dismal start on a difficult wicket in the NSW Country Cricket Championships at Narrabri.

They started the three-day carnival against favourites Newcastle and were dismissed for a paltry 88 after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.

It took Newcastle just 17 overs to get to 2-89 in reply with the scheduled 50-overs- a-side game finished before the lunch break.

"In our defence, it was reasonably damp and we were sent in on a wicket that offered a fair bit to the bowlers,” assistant coach Phil Melville said.

"The ball moved around a lot and most of our guys were out caught behind.

"It was a slow tennis ball like bounce on the pitch and we didn't realise until later that we should have let a lot of those balls go.

"Tim Welsford finished 12 not out and fought valiantly but we didn't have much luck out there.”

Despite the result, Melville is optimistic about the remaining games and gave the Newcastle side plenty of credit.

Newcastle top-order bats- man Mark Littlewood scored 48 not out while Joe Price finished with three wickets after cleaning up the tail.

"Newcastle are the favourites and they rarely lose a game at these carnivals so that helps put things in perspective,” Melville said.

"They knew what areas to bowl and they didn't muck around in chasing the runs.

"The boys have had a bit of down time this afternoon and they'll be ready to fire for the rest of the weekend.

"There is a great team culture and we're looking forward to getting back out and having another crack.”

North Coast will play Central Coast today and Central North tomorrow.

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